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Gospel Keys 101: The Secret to Playing Hymns

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you want to get started playing basic congregational songs and hymns, you can get step-by-step instructions on how to harmonize every tone of the major scale.  Since most songs are based on melodies, you can learn how to harmonize MOST songs.

So, if you are interested in taking your piano playing to the next
level you should check out HearandPlay’s Gospel Keys 101 course.

Well who is HearandPlay and why should you listen to anything they have to say?

HearandPlay  is a company that specializes in teaching people how to play piano by ear.  They’ve had a great track record of teaching thousands of people how to play piano by ear. Jermaine Griggs (the President of HearandPlay) really knows his music, and let me know they added some new piano resources at their website.

I checked it out, and noticed one particular article that discusses the differences between musicians who play piano from sheet music
and others who play by ear — some of the advantages and
disadvantages of both.

The article focuses more on the advantages of playing by ear
— which makes sense since that is their specialty. Here are a
few of the many examples of what they said (you’ll have to check
out the article for yourself to get the full story):

Advantages of Playing Piano By Ear

1) “Being able to instantly recognize chords that are played in
songs even without being at a piano.”
So how does this help you?

“You are able to learn songs faster and easier because you
understand why chords are played at certain points in songs.”

2) “Not required to memorize chord progressions (pattern of
chords played one after the other) because understanding them
will automatically incline you to know what chord to play next.”


Now how does this help you?

“Allows you to improvise and add your own “flavor” to the song.
This is especially advantageous when playing in a church as you
can never predict how long a song will be sung or what key the
singer might resolve to. In a band, this might be helpful if the
leader simply instructs everyone to surprisingly repeat a part
of the song or change the key in which the song is currently
being played in.”

3) “Will allow you to use the same methods to play virtually any
song you want (most songs; don’t quote me if you’re referring to
Mozart as this might take more practice than most other songs).”
How else does this help you?

“Saves you the money and time of having to go out and buy the
sheet music to a song that you’ve already learned how to play by
using the ability of your ear to recognize melodies, chords, and
progressions. However, buying the sheet music isn’t a bad idea
if you want to learn specific parts to songs that have high
levels of complexity.”

I could go on but you can click the button below and check things out for yourself

(…and if you’re really serious about taking your piano playing
to the next level, you might want to consider taking them up on
their other courses too, like the 300-pg course, “The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear“).

Meanwhile, let me know if you have any questions and I’ll
answer or pass them to the right folks at HearandPlay.
To your music success,

Traci Crowley

P.S. – There’s also a little section in the article that talks
about major and minor scales, chords, and progressions. Check
out that section too.

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